Robotics in COVID-19 Testing

Robotics in COVID-19 Testing

A unique robot from Denmark is speeding up the task of analysing Covid tests. Every day thousands of tests for Covid-19 are now being prepared for analysis by the sophisticated flowbot ONE from Flow Robotics. This technology minimises the risk of human error and contagion in the process, and it reduces the physically demanding tasks for laboratory personnel around the world.

Orders for the Danish liquid-handling robots have come from Sweden, Poland, Russia, the Netherlands and Australia, as Flow Robotics’ home in Denmark is not the only place where the health authorities have discovered the potential of automating part of the testing effort during the coronavirus pandemic.

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About the author

Dr. Mariana Damova is the CEO of Mozaika, a company providing research and solutions in the field of data science, reasoning with natural language semantics, and natural human computer interfaces, creativity enhancing applications, and research infrastructures for the humanities. Previously, she was a Business development Manager and a Knowledge Management Expert specializing in ontology engineering and linked data management at a world leading technology provider. She was instrumental in the successful winning and knowledge modelling of large data integration and management projects such as the Semantic Knowledge Base for The National Archive of the United Kingdom and Research Space for the British Museum, as well as European FP7 projects such as Europeana Creative and Multisensor. Her work focuses on the design and development of data integration infrastructures which allow efficient querying, access and navigation over linked data. She has managed the building of the official experimental Europeana SPARQL endpoint holding Europeana semantic data. Mariana holds a PhD from the University of Stuttgart and teaches semantic technologies and multimedia at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia. She regularly reviews books and articles for ACM and has authored books and scientific articles in linguistics and semantic technologies. She has successfully lead international interdisciplinary teams and projects carrying technological risks, driven and managed change in engineering and operational contexts in North America and in Europe, and acquired the ability to leverage marketing requirements with knowledge intense technological solutions.

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